Well, it didn't take long for Anna Terrell to say yes to the dress! We had a fun couple of days of dress shopping, but when you know, you know!!! Come on, June 28!!!
When John Michael gets an idea in his head, he won't go a day without doing it. He wanted to fry some chicken in a cast iron skillet and drove all over the high heavens looking for one. Tractor Supply, Kroger, Academy Sports. Finally found one. That chicken was on time too, I will admit.
Ryder doesn't much like chicken unless it's from Chickfila. This chicken was too crispy he said. He has texture issues in a big way!!!
All of our Christmas hopping wasn't over until Christmas with the Wilson/Ledbetter side in Benton.
Ryder got some fun big boy gifts, including this bow and arrow.
The sweet girls serenaded us up on the hill with their new pink microphones.
While the boys were busy being boys, seeing who could shoot their bow the farthest.
Our fabulous family photo. John Michael knows the drill.
JUST KEEPING LOOKING AT THE CAMERA!
Didn't take Ryder but a couple minutes to strip down and put his new camo gear on that he got that day. That and a little harmonica made for a good afternoon.
Ryder was very helpful taking down Christmas stuff.
Until he got stuck. Then I had to put the camera down because it wasn't fun and games anymore...
Rhodes did this to himself.
I didn't correct the situation.
John Michael actually googled the best way to store Christmas lights and went outside looking for cardboard and made this little contraption.
Ain't nobody got time for that. Before he could notice I threw the rest of them in a garbage bag. Onward and Upward!
Ryder and his dinosaurs are something else. I'm telling you the truth. He claims he wants to be a paleontologist. He hunts for dinosaur bones and fossils outside. Here he was setting up a battle between carnivores and herbivores and don't forget the omnivores (omni-what????)
Before John Michael threw the tree out he sawed off a piece for us to put 2013 on and we will use it next year for an ornament, and hopefully continue the tradition - if we can remember to do it.
John Michael and I took a one nighter to Natchez for New Years Eve. We had a great time together, despite the look on our face. Apparently downtown Natchez is the capital of antiques and thrift stores, so I think I wore him out a little bit during the day.
Then it was his turn to pick what to do!
Walking back to the hotel in 2014. It's nothing short of a miracle the old man made it that long!
The weather was amazing on New Year's Day so we played alot outside.
Rhodes should have a great 2014 after all the black eyed peas he ate!
You better believe John Michael got on another idea. He just had to make cornbread from scratch. No Jiffy for him.
Silly boy loves to go shopping in his daddy's closet.
Love my Rushing crew. They make the afternoons go by much faster waiting on the daddy's to get home from work.
I don't know what show Ryder watched where the main character kept his room clean (this is what I am assuming happened), but for the past two weeks, he has been obsessed with "tidying up his room." If I or Rhodes, or anyone really, drops anything on his floor, he near has a panic attack. And several times a day he asks me to come in to inspect how clean his room is.
Sometimes it's nice to kick back and let the men work!
As I said, Ryder is half paleontologist. He talks about dinosaurs I know I never learned about in school.
Rhodes is nearing 18 months and he has quite the personality. When he's not feeling the situation he will run. When it's bedtime, he runs away. When it's time to eat, he runs in the opposite direction. When it's time to change his diaper, he makes a run for the garage door. When he doesn't like what he has to eat and he's stuck in the highchair and can't run, he instead flicks it off of his plate.
Ryder went dumpster diving again in John Michael's closet.
I'm not sure if he's 4 or 14 here.
Daddy from head to toe.
Rhodes finally has a word. And it's CHEESE! And he says it when I put the phone up in camera position.
John Michael missed out on a really cute face time. We got screened!
I do love having three outside loving boys in my house. Who also love a good project. Because they have really come in handy with my work lately. My four year old in particular loves helping his mama with projects. He's such a sweet boy. He always asks me how he can help me do this or that. And he does not like to leave me outside in the garage by myself. He keeps me in good company while I work.
You can call it cheesy (no pun intended), but I call it luuuuuurrrve. John Michael's sweet self pulled our frozen pizza out of the oven and our pepperoni's miraculously were in the shape of a heart :) hehe.
I have been trying to blog since the end of Christmas and am finally doing so.